Tue, Oct 28, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Kirsten puts Africans in driving seat

AP , FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN

Gary Kirsten compiled a meticulous century yesterday as South Africa made a bold bid to level the series with a declaration just before stumps on the fourth day of the second cricket test against Pakistan.

Kirsten was dismissed for 118 before South Africa declared its second innings at 371 for eight, setting Pakistan 302 for victory.

Pakistan, which won last week's first test at Lahore by eight wickets, was eight without loss when bad light stopped play four overs before stumps.

The hosts required a further 294 in a minimum of 94 overs to sweep the two-test series.

Pakistan has only once successfully chased more than 300 when it posted 315 for nine to beat Australia by one wicket in 1994-95 at Karachi.

Kirsten carried his bat through the innings for a century during South Africa's win here at the Iqbal Stadium in 1997-98.

"It's always nice to score two hundreds at one ground, it's something very special and the last time I got hundred here we set up a series win against Pakistan," he said. "So hopefully this hundred sets up something very special for us tomorrow."

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